fe·roc·i·ty | \ fə-ˈrä-sə-tē \

Definition of ferocity 

: the quality or state of being ferocious the ferocity of the lion's attack

Examples of ferocity in a Sentence

the ferocity of the lion's attack We were stunned by the ferocity of the storm.

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If all that wasn’t bad enough for the Poles, the heavens opened with ferocity on the day of the match, turning the pitch into a quagmire and the outcome into a lottery. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 5 Days to Go - What if it Hadn't Rained During Poland vs. West Germany?," 9 June 2018 Baseball not immune to Mother Nature's ferocity Harsh weather has played havoc on residents and baseball teams in parts of the Midwest and eastern parts of the U.S., causing an alarming number of games to be postponed. Editors, USA TODAY, "James Comey's book, Tax Day, Arizona teachers strike: 5 things to know Tuesday," 17 Apr. 2018 Jackson's ferocity will no doubt win her raves and accolades. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Glenda Jackson steals the show in a thrilling, emotionally affecting 'Three Tall Women' on Broadway," 30 Mar. 2018 Their ferocity and eating efficiency could even be affecting birds half a world away, off the coast of Australia and New Zealand. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Pink salmon — too much of a good thing?," 15 June 2018 At peak ferocity, the macroburst’s winds whipped at speeds up to 110 mph, the National Weather Service determined Wednesday. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Connecticut Sifts Through Wreckage From Two Tornadoes, Macroburst," 17 May 2018 Too much firepower and talent, too much defensive ferocity, too much cohesion and sense of purpose. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Invincible no more, Warriors face rocky path back to NBA Finals," 12 Apr. 2018 Justin the Southern White Rhino Rhinos have a reputation for aggression and ferocity. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For the Fourth, bring out the (San Diego Zoo) babies!," 3 July 2018 Michael Oliver can also attest to the ferocity of Buffon’s anger after his furious reaction to the award of a last minute penalty in April's Champions League quarter final against Real Madrid. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 3 Weeks to Go - Italy's Greatest Servant, the Ageless Gianluigi Buffon," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of ferocity

1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ferocity was in 1606

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English Language Learners Definition of ferocity

: a very fierce or violent quality : the quality or state of being ferocious


fe·roc·i·ty | \ fə-ˈrä-sə-tē \
plural ferocities

Kids Definition of ferocity

: the quality or state of being fierce or savage

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